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Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Quality Programs

ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence

Apply by October 31 for positions starting July 1, 2023

ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) offers a two-year onsite fellowship in surgical outcomes research, health services research, healthcare policy, diversity, equity and inclusion, and quality improvement. The ACS Clinical Scholar will work in multiple areas within the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care to advance the quality improvement initiatives of the ACS and to perform research relevant to projects within the ACS.  Participants will have access to leaders in surgery and healthcare and will receive extensive mentorship in clinical, statistical, and health services research.  During their tenure, scholars will also earn a Master’s degree relevant to their work.

Applicants must have completed two years of clinical training, be a United States citizen, and obtain approval from their home institution to be considered. 

Multiple fellowship spots are available for July 1, 2023–June 30, 2025, with a focus is Cancer, Trauma, and other areas of surgery.  Five clinical scholar positions fully supported by the ACS are available beginning July 1, 2023. 

The goal of the ACS Clinical Scholar in Residence Program is to help prepare a surgical resident for a career in academic surgery through a unique, practical research and health policy experience at the American College Surgeons. The program includes the opportunity to earn a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI), Health Services and Outcomes Research, or Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety through Northwestern University’s Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and the Institute for Healthcare Studies. In addition, the Scholar will be able to participate in resident educational activities through Northwestern University’s department of surgery. The ACS offers a variety of educational programs, such as the Outcomes Research and Clinical Trials Courses that the Scholar will be able to complete.

Cancer Programs (1 position)

The ACS Cancer Programs has one fellowship position available for the Clinical Scholars in Residence Program 2023-2025. The Clinical Scholar will have the opportunity to work with the National Cancer Database (NCDB), American Joint Committee on Cancer, Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, Cancer Surgery Standards Program, Cancer Research Program, and the Cancer National Quality Improvement Collaborative. The Scholar will be able to design their own experience to include learning about how: cancer programs get accredited; quality measures and standards are developed and monitored; cancer analytics and hospital reports are generated; and how these reports inform us about cancer care and outcomes. Direct experience with the generation of operative standards, synoptic operative reports, reporting scientific observations from the National Cancer Database, creation and implementation of national quality improvement projects, and more will be available to Scholars. 

Trauma Programs (1 position)

The ACS Committee on Trauma has one fellowship position available for the Clinical Scholars in Residence Program 2023-2025. Working closely with mentors and staff, the Clinical Scholar will focus on our Trauma Quality Programs including Verification, the Trauma Quality Improvement Program, the Patient Safety and Performance Improvement Program, and Trauma Systems. The Scholar will be able to design their own experience to include among other opportunities: statistical analyses of our data holdings including evaluation of processes and outcomes of care, program development, and enhancements, and creation and implementation of national quality improvement projects.

General Surgery Programs (3 positions)

The ACS Quality Programs working within the area of Continuous Quality Improvement have three fellowship positions available for the Clinical Scholar in Residence Program 2023-2025. The Clinical Scholar(s) will have the opportunity to work within the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), NSQIP Pediatric, the Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR), and multiple verification programs including the ACS Quality Verification Programs, Children’s Surgery Verification, Geriatric Surgery Verification, and more. Other potential projects within the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care include healthcare policy, quality improvement framework, and initiatives related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

The deadline to submit an application is October 31, 2022. Interviews will be scheduled over video conference in November.

For any inquiries related to the Clinical Scholars program, email us at cscholars@facs.org.

Program Specifics

Mentorship

The ACS will assign internal mentors to meet regularly with the Scholar. The Scholar will also interact and be mentored by various surgeons affiliated with the ACS and the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care from across the country. As mentorship is one of the most important aspects of the fellowship, having guidance from multiple individuals from varied backgrounds will provide the best opportunity for success. In addition, there is a core of ACS staff statisticians and project analysts who will be invaluable resources for the Clinical Scholar in Residence. Information on several of the program’s mentors can be found online.

Master’s in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)

The MSCI program is designed for physicians with an interest in conducting clinical research. The coursework focuses on biostatistics, epidemiology, decision analysis, clinical trial design, paper and grant writing, peer-reviewing principles, and clinical research ethics. All coursework is done at Northwestern’s downtown campus, which is one block from the ACS headquarters. Clinical Scholars who have already completed an equivalent program may be exempt from the MSCI requirement.

Master’s in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The goal of this program is to educate clinicians to become effective health services and outcomes researchers. The Health Services and Outcomes Research program will focus on these issues within institutional and healthcare delivery systems, as well as in the external environment that shapes health policy around quality and safety. The program takes approximately two years to complete. All coursework is done at Northwestern’s downtown campus.

Master’s in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

The goal of this program is to help clinicians become effective healthcare quality and patient safety thinkers, practitioners, and researchers. The Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety program will focus on disparities in healthcare, health economics and financing, health services research methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The program takes approximately two years to complete. All coursework is done at Northwestern’s downtown campus.

Surgical Education

The Scholar will be able to continue his or her surgical education through Northwestern University’s department of surgery by attending the weekly morbidity and mortality conference and grand rounds. Scholars have the opportunity to practice their surgical skills at Northwestern’s Surgical Skills Training Lab. Multiple opportunities for clinical moonlighting exist in the Chicagoland area as well. In addition, the Scholar may be able to take the American Board of Surgery In-Service Training Examination (ABSITE) locally.

NIH Loan Repayment

The Scholar will also have the opportunity to apply for the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program which pays up to $70,000 over two years if the applicant is involved in clinical research for at least two years. This program is becoming a highly competitive process, and applications are due in the fall prior to starting the Research Fellowship. Most Clinical Scholars have been awarded this loan repayment.

Location

As the Clinical Scholars work closely with the ACS staff and need to complete coursework, it is required that the Clinical Scholar move to Chicago. ACS will provide office space in its downtown Chicago headquarters.

Timeline for Position Starting July 1, 2023
Application process opens
August 17, 2022
Application deadline

October 31, 2022

Interview notification

November 7, 2022

Interview Process

December 7-21, 2022

Notification of appointment

January 10, 2023

Starting date

July 1, 2023

Application and Instructions

Submit your application and letters of recommendation by October 31, 2022.

Please contact ACS Staff at cscholars@facs.org if you are interested in applying for a position starting in July 2023.

Contact

If you have any questions about the program or are interested in applying for a position starting in July 2023, contact us by clicking on the button below or at 312-202-5109.